Given China’s recent track record with political prisoners, it seems rather encouraging that they have now released Jigme Gyatso, allegedly due to ill health. While political actions against higher profile individuals continue, this may mark a shift in China’s policy, focusing on key individuals rather than suppressing dissent groups en masse. Given the CCP’s focus on maintaining national stability however, it may simply mark a shift in priorities, as Tibet has achieved little but self-immolation in its continued struggle to gain independence. In particular, the jailing of supposed dissidents in the Ugihur regions displays an ongoing concern regarding the rise of terrorism, especially in the regions closest to the Middle East. Given a dearth of information regarding their sentencing, it may come down to little more than local grudges carried out by a relatively autonomous region.